Opening A Child Care Program

Working with young children in child care settings is a very exciting and rewarding profession.  As more women with young children join the workforce each year, the demand for safe, healthy, high-quality, affordable child care increases.  Opening a child care program, whether in your home or a child care center, requires lots of planning and commitment.


Please call our Early Childhood Services department to discuss your interest in becoming a child care provider.  We are here to help you take your first steps!


The New York State Office of Children & Family Services (NYS OCFS) regulates child care programs in New York State (child care programs in New York City are regulated by the NYS Department of Health).


Effective May 1, 2014: In order to obtain an application to apply for a child care program license or registration to operate a family day care or group family day care, you will first need to take Child Day Care Orientation. Click here to visit the website where you can obtain this orientation.